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Summary

  1. Frank Lampard joins New York City on two-year deal
  2. Van Gaal thinks Man Utd squad is "not balanced"
  3. Swansea sign Jefferson Montero, Palace complete Frazier Campbell deal
  4. GET INVOLVED: Can the MLS rival European leagues?

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    And on that we bid you farewell for Thursday.

    Thank you for all your interaction today and we will be back on from 08:00 BST on Friday. More transfers and gossip to welcome in the weekend.

    For now though, you can stay across all aspects of the Commonwealth Games as our live text continues.

  2. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    David Gordon: Four out of six last World Cups US have done as well or better than England. Time to stop patronising.

    Matt Johnson: The MLS has come on huge strides. The stadia like at Seattle Sounders is better than most Premier League sides. Fans are amazing to. Embraced it.

    Thank you for all your tweets on our debate which focused on whether the MLS can challenge the best European leagues in years to come. Frank Lampard will soon find out if it is hard or easy. He is a New York City FC player.

  3. Commonwealth Games

    Triathlon

    It looks like England will land two more medals in triathlon at the Commonwealth Games.

    The Brownlee brothers - Alistair and Jonathan - are currently first and second respectively with under three kilometres of the run stage to go.

    The gap between second and third is growing. Earlier in the day, England took gold in the women's race when Jodie Stimpson was victorious.

    Follow the closing stages on our Commonwealth Games live text commentary.

  4. Leaders at Senior Open

    Germany's Bernhard Langer and American Bob Tway share the lead on four under in the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl.

    Langer, 56, is through nine holes and could open up a clear lead, while Scotland's Colin Montgomerie shot a one over par round of 72 on day one.

  5. Nibali wins again

    Road Cycling

    Vincenzo Nibali wins the final mountain stage of this year's Tour de France and now looks to have built an unassailable lead in the race for the yellow jersey.

    The Italian took stage 18 by one minute and 10 second and is now over seven minutes clear of Frenchman Thibaut Pinot.

    For reaction, follow our live text commentary.

  6. Campbell completes Palace switch

    Football

    Fraizer Campbell completes his move from Cardiff City to Crystal Palace for a fee of £900,000.

    The striker, 26, turned down an offer from Leicester City and the Eagleswill be the seventh club he has represented since breaking through at Manchester United.

    He becomes Palace's second signing of the summer, following Chris Kettings' arrival on a free transfer.

  7. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Some more of your views on whether Major League Soccer can one day rival the European leagues. Tweets us on #bbcsportsday.

    Nioclás Mac Daibhidh: MLS cannot compete with Europe. A) It's franchise system means poor teams stay in the top flight despite bad performance. B) It seems more than happy to be nothing but a retirement league for over-the-hill players like Footie-Spice.

  8. Premier League's all-time top-scoring midfielders

    Frank Lampard is the Premier League's all-time leading midfield goal scorer. During his spells at West Ham and Chelsea, he made a habit of timely arrival in the penalty area or coolness from the penalty spot to notch 171 goals.

    He is trailed by Steven Gerrard - on 111 goals - and Paul Scholes with 107.

    Frank Lampard
  9. Lampard's New York decision

    Football

    New York City "ticks all the right boxes" for new signing Frank Lampard.

    "I had a fantastic 13 years at Chelsea and can look back at that with pride, but it was a great time for me and Chelsea to move on," says the former West Ham midfielder.

    Lampard, says he will now start thinking about his international career with his club role finalised and is applauded at the end of his news conference for a well delivered speech on wanting to build a rapport with his new set of supporters.

  10. Lampard's immediate future

    Football

    So a new beginning for Frank Lampard, but New York City will not be in action until 2015 and the midfielder is asked what he will do between now and then.

    "I'm going to keep fit, that's the main thing," he says. "How I do that is not clear yet, this has all just happened. I will sit down with people from the club and find the best way forward."

    A loan move back to Europe has been reported as a possibility and New York City sporting director Claudio Reyna says "we are exploring a few options."

  11. Post update

    Chelsea FC tweet: Wishing Frank Lampard the very best of luck in New York! #SuperFrank

  12. Lampard completes New York switch

    Football

    Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard joins Major League Soccer side New York City FC on a two-year contract.

    Frank Lampard

    Lampard, 36, was released by the Blues at the end of last season after his contract expired to end his 13-year association with the London side.

    He moved from West Ham to Chelsea in June 2001 in an £11m transfer and became the club's record goalscorer with 211 goals in his 649 appearances.

    Newly-formed New York City FC will play in their first MLS season in 2015.

  13. Derby suffer Thorne injury blow

    Football

    George Thorne

    Bad news for Derby County fans - Rams midfielder George Thorne is set to be sidelined for nine months with a knee injury.

    Thorne was an influential figure on loan at Pride Park last season, but he only joined Derby on a permanent basis last week.

    The 21-year-old injured his cruciate knee ligaments in Tuesday's friendly against Zenit St Petersburg.

  14. America's love of soccer

    Football

    If our MLS debate has got your thoughts running overtime, check out BBC Sport's feature on American finally falling in love with soccer.

    "As recently as 2000, MLS was still using penalty shootouts to decide matches, so concerned was the fledgling league at the potential reaction to a drawn game - almost an abomination in sports like basketball, baseball, ice hockey and American football," writes BBC Sport's Simon Stone.

  15. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Your views on our Major League Soccer debate are plentiful and varied, so thank you. We have asked if you think the MLS can compete with major European Leagues? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

    Ben Adams: US Soccer is on a huge upward trajectory. I genuinely believe they'll win the World Cup before we will again.

    Sakriya Neupane: MLS needs to introduce promotion/relegation system and remove the salary cap if they are to compete with European leagues.

    William Mooney: Was at a MLS game last night. Quality of play and crowds improving but still miles off from Prem matches I've attended.

  16. Suarez's timely return

    Football

    A fan buys a Luis Suarez shirt

    Luis Suarez could make his Barcelona debut against rivals Real Madrid, with the first El Clasico of the season set for the weekend of Sunday, 26 October.

    The striker, who is banned for four months for a bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, cannot feature for his new club until that day, when his ban expires.

    Should the game be scheduled for Saturday 25 October, Suarez - Barca's £75m summer signing from Liverpool - would remain banned from all football activity.

  17. Palace set to sign Campbell

    Football

    Fraizer Campbell has left Cardiff City to join Crystal Palace after the Premier League side triggered a £800,000 release clause in the striker's contract.

    The fee could rise to close to £1m with add-ons.

    Leicester City had also been courting Campbell, who scored six goals in the Premier League last year as Cardiff were relegated, but the 26-year-old agreed terms with Palace.

  18. Swansea seal Montero deal

    Football

    Jefferson Montero

    Swansea City announce the signing of Ecuador international Jefferson Montero on a four-year deal.

    The 24-year-old winger, who started all three of Ecuador's group games, joins from Mexican club Morelia.

    He becomes Swansea's sixth signing of the summer after the acquisitions of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lukasz Fabianski, Marvin Emnes, Stephen Kingsley and former Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

  19. Ribery recovers from World Cup blow

    Football

    Franck Ribery could return from injury for Bayern Munich this weekend according to boss Pep Guardiola.

    The forward missed France's World Cup campaign with a back injury, but with a number of Bayern's star players still on holiday after the tournament, could find himself back on the pitch.

    "Ribery has trained well this week," says Guardiola. "I think he can play a couple of minutes in Hamburg."

    Bayern take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Telekom Cup.

  20. Loan deal for Chelsea forward

    Football

    Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon joins German side Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan.

    The 20-year-old has already had spells with Malaga and Vitesse Arnhem since joining Chelsea in 2012, scoring 11 goals for the latter last season.

  21. Commonwealth Games

    Farah withdraws

    BBC Sport presenter Jonathan Edwards on Mo Farah's withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games: "I'm not surprised to be honest. Clearly he's got a real issue with his health. Alberto Salazar his coach does nothing by halves. If he wasn't absolutely right, he wasn't going to race."

    Farah withdrew from the competition as he has not recovered from a recent illness. You can read more reaction on our Commonwealth Games live text commentary.

  22. New league structure revealed

    Rugby League

    The Rugby Football League reveal full details of the new structure for the 2015 Super League and Championship.

    Wigan with the Challenge Cup and Super League trophies

    Teams will play 23 games in two divisions of 12 and then be split into three pools of eight.

    The top Super Eights group will then play seven further games, with the top four at that stage progressing to contest places in the Grand Final. Four further top-flight clubs for the following campaign will come from the middle qualifiers pool.

    Wigan won both the Challenge Cup and Super League last season.

  23. 'Van Gaal always looks for perfection'

    Football

    New Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says the club must keep improving, despite winning 7-0 against LA Galaxy in Louis van Gaal's first game as the club's manager.

    "We are happy with the result but let's not forget this is a friendly and we still have many things to improve on," said Herrera, who was voted man of the match for his performance in California.

    "Our coach is a very demanding coach, he always looks for only perfection and for that reason he is ideal for a club that always looks to achieve the greatest things, he won't let us sit back and relax or sit back, we still have a lot to prove."

  24. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Some comments on our latest Sportsday question, where we asked can the Major League Soccer competition rival European leagues?

    Sean Miguel: Current league regulations on player acquisition and salary mean that MLS clubs cannot compete with European clubs for stars. Until that changes the quality of play in the MLS will remain closer to the Mexican League than to the Premier League.

    Leo Jordan: I think the MLS is already more exciting than some European leagues like the Bundesliga. They give football a fresh twist.

  25. Somerset fear lengthy Kieswetter absence

    Cricket

    Somerset fear wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter could miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious facial injury.

    Craig Kieswetter in hospital

    Kieswetter, 26, broke his nose and damaged his eye socket and cheekbone when a ball went through his helmet grille while batting against Northants.

    Director of cricket Dave Nosworthy told BBC Somerset: "He needs to recuperate and show that he's ready. Whether that will be this season or not - time will tell."

  26. Blackpool not ready to rock

    Football

    Blackpool's pre-season friendly against Alfreton, which was scheduled for Saturday, has now been cancelled because of a lack of players for the Championship side.

    This comes after their tour of Spain was cancelled and a recent friendly against Penrith saw the Tangerines field five trial players in the team.

  27. Pozuelo leaves Swansea

    Football

    Alejandro Pozuelo

    Swansea City confirm that Alejandro Pozuelo has joined Rayo Vallecano for an undisclosed fee.

    A loan move looked likely (see 13:13), but the Spanish midfielder has returned to his home country on a permanent deal after just one season at the Liberty Stadium.

    Pozuelo, 22, made 36 appearances and scored two goals for the Swans, but did not feature in the last two months of the season.

  28. Crouch excited by Bojan purchase

    Football

    The signing of Bojan Krkic underlines what Stoke City are capable of, according to striker Peter Crouch.

    The Potters have secured the signature of the former Barcelona striker, 23, on a four-year-deal.

    "The fact he's young and wants to come to Stoke City proves we are an ambitious club and people want to come here," Crouch tells the Stoke Sentinel.

    "When he burst on to the scene at Barcelona he was awesome and he is still an incredibly talented player. The fact we have got him at such a young age hopefully means we will have him for his best years."

  29. Commonwealth Games

    Triathlon

    The first gold medal of the Commonwealth games is won by...England.

    Jodie Stimpson, 25, shows courage and a deadly kick for the line as she wins the women's triathlon.

    You can catch all of the reaction to her win on our live text commentary now.

  30. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Here are some of your views on the debate so far:

    Ben Burgess: People who think US can't succeed due to NFL etc taking best athletes..their second string athletes did better than our 1st in Brazil.

    Daryl Lewis: No, the MLS gets them at the end of their European careers. Long way to go before they rival Europe in any aspect

    Tom Bateson: Everyone is saying "MLS just has old players". I guess everyone has forgotten Yedlin, Bradley, Dempsey, Zusi, Besler then?

  31. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    USA supporters

    Our debate this afternoon focuses on Major League Soccer - the domestic league comprising 16 teams from the US and three from Canada.

    First run with 10 teams in 1996, it has seen rapid growth in recent years and strengthened along with the fortunes of the US national team.

    Indeed, at the 2014 World Cup, in their 1-0 defeat to champions Germany, USA fielded seven players based in the MLS in their side.

    Is this league growing sufficiently enough to one day rival European leagues? Tweet #bbcsportsday

  32. Pozuelo poised for Swansea exit

    Football

    Alejandro Pozuelo looks set to complete a loan move from Swansea to Spanish side Rayo Vallecano, reports the South Wales Evening Post.

    The 22-year-old has been pictured holding Rayo's shirt in Spanish media and while Swansea have not confirmed his departure, Garry Monk is understood to be willing to let him leave.

  33. Newcastle and Hammers miss out on Arsenal defender

    Football

    Newcastle and West Ham United's hopes of signing Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson have suffered a blow, reports the Daily Express.

    The Gunners hoped to land Serge Aurier from Toulouse, but the 21-year-old's decision to take up a season-long loan with Paris St Germain means Jenkinson will now be needed as back-up to Mathieu Debuchy at the Emirates.

  34. The ultimate Commonwealth souvenir

    Her Majesty the Queen and Jade Taylor

    Anyone for a photo-bomb with the most famous person in the Commonwealth?

    Not a bad souvenir to leave the Commonwealth Games with for Australian hockey player Jayde Taylor who has tweeted the unique photograph.

    "Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!!", tweets Taylor.

  35. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Robbie Keane, Clint Dempsey, Thierry Henry

    Clint Dempsey, Kaka, David Villa, Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe. All household names, all now in or heading to the MLS in America to play their football. Can the MLS one day compete with European leagues?

    Tom Sewell: I would encourage any Englishman who thinks MLS can't succeed to go and watch a Seattle Sounders game. MLS is going places.

    Charles Nurick: The USA will never be a footballing country whilst the likes of the NFL, NBA and MLB snap up the most talented athletes.

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

  36. Aguirre gets Japan job

    Football

    Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre is appointed Japan manager.

    The 55-year-old led Mexico to the last 16 of the World Cup in 2002 and 2010, and takes charge of a Japan side which suffered a first-round exit at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

  37. Spanish fixtures released

    Football

    James Rodriguez

    James Rodriguez could make his first league start for Real Madrid against newly promoted Cordoba on the opening day of the season.

    The fixtures for La Liga's opening weekend on 23 and 24 August have been released.

    Opening weekend fixtures: Sevilla v Valencia; Levante v Villarreal; Barcelona v Elche; Granada v Deportivo La Coruna; Rayo Vallecano v Atlético de Madrid; Eibar v Real Sociedad; Real Madrid v Córdoba; Real Celta Vigo v Getafe; Almeria v Espanyol; Malaga v Athletic Club Bilbao.

  38. Tour de France

    Road Cycling

    It's the final day in the mountains in this year's Tour de France and, realistically, the final chance for anybody to hold up overall leader Vincenzo Nibali's seemingly unstoppable procession to the top of the podium in Paris.

    The Italian leads by five minutes and 26 seconds with just four stages to go and it will take something special - or a crash - to take the leader's yellow jersey off him now.

    There is still plenty of racing to look forward to, with today's 145.5km stage from Pau taking in the iconic Col du Tourmalet and finishing with an ascent up Hautacam.

    For all the thrills and spills, follow BBC Sport's live text commentary from 12:30 BST.

  39. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    As it is now past midday, we have a new debate we would like you to get involved in.

    As we have reported already, many of our English clubs are in the US playing friendlies, spreading the gospel if you will.

    Major League Soccer seems to be attracting some big names, with the likes of Thierry Henry, Jermain Defoe and David Villa to name only a few, so is the US a rapidly emerging football country?

    Can the MLS rival European leagues?Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or text on 81111.

    Robbie Keane
  40. Flower returns to Lions

    Cricket

    Former senior national coach Andy Flower will lead England Lions in their triangular series against New Zealand A and Sri Lanka A next month.

    Flower stood down as England head coach after England's whitewash defeat to Australia in the Ashes.

    Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor will captain the team, which acts as a second string to England's main Test side.

  41. Post update

    New Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm tweets: "Thanks to players, staff, fans and friends in Swansea. Amazing to be part of our Premier League journey. Will miss everybody and wish you all the best."

    Vorm joined Spurs on Thursday along with Ben Davies, who also left the Swans.

  42. Fred returns to Shakhtar

    Football

    Brazil striker Fred has returned to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk and his compatriot Ismaily is expected to follow him back shortly.

    The two Brazilians were among six South Americans who refused to return to Shakhtar as a result of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    The club will base themselves in Kiev and play their fixtures in Lviv while the conflict continues.

  43. Baggies in fight for Gamboa

    Football

    West Bromwich Albion are facing a challenge from other clubs in their pursuit of Costa Rica international Cristian Gamboa, reports the Birmingham Mail.

    The Baggies were close to clinching a deal worth around £2m with Rosenborg for the 24-year-old, but Hull City have now expressed an interest in taking the defender to the KC Stadium.

  44. Shaqiri fed up of speculation

    Football

    Bayern Munich forward and reported Liverpool and Juventus target Xherdan Shaqiri says there is little truth in reports linking him with a move away from the German champions.

    Shaqiri, 22, played 21 times in all competitions last season before scoring three times for Switzerland at the World Cup.

    On Facebook, he posts: "I would like to give my view on the rumours. As you all know, I am currently on holiday, so I am not concerning myself with other clubs, nor do I speak to any journalists.

    "My contract with Bayern runs until 2016. My advisors are in regular contact with the people in charge at Bayern, which is why there is no reason for speculation."

  45. Get involved

    All morning we have been asking for your opinions on pre-season friendlies. How much benefit do they have? Are they a marketing exercise? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

    Edd Scicluna: Pre-season fixtures can give the younger squad members a chance to prove their ability whilst playing alongside the 1st team.

  46. United open to Scholes return

    Football

    Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs

    Paul Scholes has a future on Manchester United's coaching staff, reports the Daily Mail.

    Scholes, who made 718 appearances for the club, assisted caretaker manager Ryan Giggs at the and of last season but openly criticised United's players - including Wayne Rooney - in a column written for a betting company during the summer.

    "We still value Paul and his qualities very highly," said a United source. "As far as we are concerned the door remains open."

  47. Commonwealth Games

    BBc SPort website

    A reminder you can keep up to speed with the Commonwealth Games on our dedicated index and on a full live text commentary of day one.

    There is currently lawn bowls, hockey and weightlifting under way. It is an eclectic mix.

  48. Liverpool pursue Bertrand

    Football

    Liverpool will focus on signing Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand having missed out on Tottenham's Ben Davies, reports the Daily Star.

    The Reds are keen on Bertrand, who spent part of last season on loan at Aston Villa, in a deal which could be worth around £8m if Blues boss Jose Mourinho gives it the go ahead.

    "What we can't do is spend for the sake of it," says Reds manager Brendan Rodgers. "You only spend the money if the players are there. The good thing with the owners is the money is there if the right players are available."

  49. New face for Blues

    Rugby Union

    Cardiff Blues announce the signing of Gareth Anscombe on a long-term deal from Waikato Chiefs in New Zealand.

    The move will inevitably increase the possibility of the 23-year-old, who can play fly-half or full-back, breaking into Warren Gatland's Wales squad ahead of next year's World Cup.

    Gatland is an admirer of Anscombe, who qualifies to wear the red shirt through his Welsh mother.

  50. Football

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone, following Manchester United's pre-season tour

    US Soccer fans

    "It's Wednesday night. It's football. It must be time for a barbie.

    "It might not quite be the experience European fans endure in mid-winter. But in the US 'soccer' is a summer sport. And these fans were not alone in bringing the outdoors to the game in Pasadena."

    Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in Louis van Gaal's first game in charge.

  51. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    We have been asking you what you learn from friendlies? Have you seen your side this summer and was it worthwhile?

    Ander Herrera

    Michal Koziol: From today's early morning game we could learn one thing - keep an eye on Ander Herrera. Magnificent vision and precision!

    Unsimple Simon: Friendlies important this season for teams to see if they have the squad they think they have. Lamela scoring has to be great news.

    Glenn Sissen: Friendlies nowadays are all about marketing and becoming a bigger brand, helps if you win them though!

  52. Man City's racism claim investigated

    Football

    The Croatian Football Federation confirms it will be looking into claims that Manchester City's Seko Fofana was racially abused during an elite development squad match against HNK Rijeka on Tuesday.

    Youth-team manager Patrick Vieria took his side off the field when Fofana claimed he was targeted by opposition players before being sent off.

    "Fight against racism (and any sort of discrimination) is one of the key components of our president Davor Suker's programme and that is why we will have a good look into this matter," the Croatian Federation said in a statement.

  53. Senior Open under way

    Golf

    Colin Montgomerie is through the first three holes of the British Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl in par.

    The 51-year-old goes into the tournament as one of the favourites, having won the US Senior Open earlier in the month.

    America's Tom Watson is one over early in his round, as is Ian Woosnam, with Bob Tway leading on two under.

  54. Transfer activity at Everton

    Football

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez reveals he would "love to extend" Romelu Lukaku's stay at the club and expects transfer movement in the coming days.

    The Blues have acquired Gareth Barry from Manchester City, but have no agreement with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Lukaku, who scored 16 goals on loan at Everton last season.

    "There are areas that need to be strengthened and over the next few days we are going to get the three, four players we need just to finalise the squad facing the huge demands with European football ahead of us," Martinez told Talksport.

  55. Commonwealth Games

    Dan Roan

    BBC Sport

    "No Jess Ennis-Hill, no Katarina Johnson-Thompson, & now no Mo Farah. Glasgow 2014 having little luck with the big English names."

  56. Commonwealth Games

    Farah withdraws

    Big news then that the star of England's Commonwealth Games team Mo Farah will not compete in Glasgow.

    Mo Farah

    The 31-year-old last raced in America in June but will remain in a training base in Font Romeu to prioritise his recovery from illness.

    "The sickness I had two weeks ago was a big setback for me," he says in a statement. "Training is getting better here in Font Romeu but I need another few weeks to get back to the level I was at in 2012 and 2013."

    For more on this story, follow our Commonwealth Games live text commentary.

  57. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Some big breaking news just reaching us - Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games.

    The double Olympic champion has not recovered from a recent illness.

  58. Spain leads the way - Bale

    Football

    The capture of James Rodriguez shows the Spanish league is now the best in the world, according to his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale.

    Los Blancos will start the season with Rodriguez, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as their forward options.

    "The Spanish League is the most exciting and the world's top players play there," says ex-Spurs star Bale. "The Premier League is a great league but we are attracting the best players to La Liga."

    Barcelona will also boast a mouth-watering forward line with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez at their disposal.

  59. Friendly round-up

    Football

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, Crystal Palace earned a 2-2 draw with American side Columbus Crew thanks to goals from Glenn Murray and Jake Gray, while Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo netted for Hull City in a 2-1 win at York City.

    Sunderland did not have to travel far to face Hartlepool and duly picked up a 3-0 win.

  60. Chelsea draw as Mourinho ponders goalkeepers

    Football

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is comfortable in upsetting one of his top-name goalkeepers this season, as Peter Cech and Thibaut Courtois battle for a starting position.

    Cech, now in his 11th season at the club, played as Chelsea drew 1-1 with Austria's RZ Pellets WAC.

    "One won't be happy. But the Chelsea supporters will be happy and they're more important than players. If supporters have Cech or Courtois they will be happy because they know we're in safe hands," says Mourinho.

    "We have to make decisions, but we're paid to make them and I'm really happy with the situation."

  61. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    John McEnerney: Years ago pre-season friendlies were crucial for all teams and now it's all about keeping commitments to sponsors! Time wasted.

    Send us your thoughts on pre-season friendlies? Are they a useful exercise? Have you seen your team and been impressed during pre-season?

    Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

  62. Van Gaal wants balanced squad

    Football

    Louis van Gaal

    Despite watching his side hammer LA Galaxy 7-0 in his first game in charge, Louis van Gaal has hinted at change at Manchester United due to an unbalanced squad.

    The Dutchman succeeds David Moyes at Old Trafford but says: "We have four number 10s, so the selection is not balanced in my eyes."

    Earlier this week, the club's chief executive Ed Woodward said United were ready to spend big to win the title.

  63. Commonwealth Games

    The Times reacts to the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony with a special edition wraparound cover which carries a line from the Queen's message.

    "We belong together, and are able, through teamwork, to achieve far more than we could do alone."

    The Times

    The Brownlee brothers - Alistair and Jonathan - will be racing for gold today in the men's triathlon, which is one of a number of medal events on day one.

    You can keep up to speed with that event as we have a live text commentary running from the Commonwealth Games.

  64. Wiggins' 2012 regret

    Cycling

    Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed he sometimes wishes he had not won the Tour de France in 2012.

    The 34-year-old, who competes in the Commonwealth Games today, says the level of fame which followed his success was hard to deal with.

    "I left for the Tour de France that year relatively unknown in the general public's eyes. When I came back, for a week or so I felt like the most famous man in the country," says Wiggins, who sought guidance on dealing with fame from six-time Olympic champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

  65. Townsend and Lamela shine for Spurs

    Football

    As we continue our look back at last night's friendly action, Tottenham fans may be excited at not only seeing Andros Townsend back on the score sheet, but record-signing Erik Lamela thriving too.

    Tottenham

    England midfielder Townsend, who missed the World Cup through injury, netted the winner in a 3-2 success over FC Toronto, but not before Lamela had struck twice.

    New signing Ben Davies made his debut for Mauricio Pochettino's side and managed to stop former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe from registering for the Canadian outfit.

  66. Murray's Mauresmo link set to continue

    Tennis

    Andy Murray looks set to retain the services of Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.

    The two-time Grand Slam winner joined forces with Mauresmo before the start of the grass season, but defeat to Grigor Dimitrov at Wimbledon had cast doubt on whether the relationship would continue.

    But photographs of Mauresmo at Murray's training camp have been posted on the Scot's website, with a further announcement on the situation expected in the next week.

  67. Gossip

    Football

    Samuel Eto'o

    Liverpool's search for a left-back is now focused on Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand, Tottenham are keen on an Aston Villa defender and former Samuel Eto'o could be returning to London. But who for?

    Find out about that and all of the latest chat in our gossip column.

  68. Swansea and Tottenham do business

    Football

    The late transfer move on Wednesday saw Tottenham sign goalkeeper Michel Vorm and defender Ben Davies from Swansea City.

    Vorm, 30, agreed a four-year contract with Davies, 21, committing for one year more.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson, 24, moved in the opposite direction and rejoins the club he represented on loan in 2012 on a four-year deal.

  69. Celtic learn Champions League opponents

    Football

    Celtic will play Poland's Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

    Legia's 5-0 win over St Patrick's Athletic sealed a 6-1 aggregate passage and they will face the Hoops in the first leg of their tie next week.

  70. Friendly round-up

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    Liverpool v Roma

    Elsewhere last night, Liverpool lost 1-0 to a last-minute Marco Boriello goal against Italian side Roma. Ashley Cole made his debut for the Italian side and Liverpool's Fabio Borini - a transfer target for Sunderland - left the field clutching his shoulder.

    No such problems for Manchester City who beat Sporting Kansas City 4-1 while Aston Villa won 2-0 against FC Dallas.

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  72. Van Gaal's winning start

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    Manchester United

    The fresh story this morning is Manchester United's resounding friendly win over LA Galaxy in California.

    In new manager Louis van Gaal's first game in charge, United hammered their American hosts 7-0.

    There were two goals apiece for Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and debutant defender Reece James, all after Danny Welbeck had opened the scoring.

    Van Gaal deployed a new formation, with Antonio Valencia and new signing Luke Shaw operating as wing-backs.

  73. Commonwealth Games

    Loch Ness at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

    Loch Ness, exploding cakes and Rod Stewart. What bonds these variables? The Commonwealth Games.

    The 20th edition of the Games arrived in Glasgow last night with an opening ceremony which has seemingly been well received across the media.

    "While some Scots might have bristled at the kilts-and-shortbread portrayal of their country, there was no denying the overwhelming exuberance and good humour of the event," says the Guardian.

    It is now over to the athletes, with medals up for grabs on the first day of action and we have a live text commentary running on the event already.

  74. Welcome

    Good morning and welcome to Thursday's edition of Sportsday.

    Transfers, friendly reaction, gossip, you name it... we will cover it here so you can stay right up to speed with where your team is at as the new season creeps closer.

    We will keep you tuned in to Commonwealth Games goings-on and Tour de France happenings and, of course, we will be asking for your tweets and texts. More on that later, but first to a historic moment for Scotland.